Langeberg: Top five things to do

2013-06-11 15:19
It's one of the finest wine routes of the Western Cape but life is not only about wine here. We've selected the top five outdoor activities for you to try. Check them out.

Breakfast at Bodega, Rooiberg

I’ve never imagined a chair as big as the one at the Bodega Restaurant; it’s so big gives you an ant's perspective of the world. There’s no preamble befitting this place without mentioning the biggest chair in Africa.

If the plan to build this chair was to pull visitors into the area, then it is working. Sipping on my coffee I notice a number of tourists getting off their bus and taking photos of the chair and buying some bottles of wine. I asked the driver where are these tourists where from? He told me they were from Europe and had decided to make an impromptu stop because of the chair. Enough said.

Homemade coffee is only made better with homemade bread and jam, add to that locally produced juice and milk. Being located on the roadside next to a massive chair - makes it super convenient.

A Robertson Valley tourist attraction.                                                                    (Phumzile Ngcatshe)

Found along one of the Western Cape wine routes means wine lovers can find some great tipple here too. Just around the corner from Bodega, there’s a beautifully decorated winery, Rooiberg Winery. This certified maker of organic wine is a must-stop for all wine lovers.

River Rafting at the Breede River

Following a beautiful night in McGregor, I joined these experienced rafters to explore the Breede River.

River Rafting: A taste of simple and pure rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul               (Claudia Hodkinson)

When the guides told me to leave my mobile phone, camera and valuable belongings behind I sensed a measure of risk. I fitted my life jacket and got ready to be enriched with life experiences and memories. I did have doubts about the trip though but something kept telling me to go for it.

Each raft accommodates two people. I was paired with a fellow travel journalist who told me she is experienced in the rafting business but I can admit I witnessed the opposite. When the guide said not to hit the rapids, we ended up steering our boat straight to the tree barks and rocks. We even got stuck in the middle of the river and everyone left us behind.

Fortunately we didn’t get any bruises or cuts. At the end of it we both agreed it was fun - work and play all in one package.

My amazing Breede River experience was rounded off by spotting an African Eagle. I can proudly stand up and tell you to go there and witness the wonders of Breede River.

Game Viewing at African Game Lodge

It’s a beautiful sunny morning in Montagu and my last day in the Langeberg area, though my itinerary was packed with interesting visits in this mystical region, it wasn’t easy to accommodate the thought of leaving.

You're warmly greeted by Mildred, a strolling goat found at the lodge and inclined to mingling with the guests.

This is one of the friendliest animals at the African Game Lodge, the eland                    (Phumzile Ngcatshe)

The owner of the lodge showed us around. Spotting a cheetah and a leopard at close view is quite something. If you’d like to get closer to them and perhaps feed them, you’re allowed to do so. I also encountered one of the most friendliest animals at the lodge, an eland. This is the only animal which was eager to come very closer to the vehicle as we stopped to interact with them. It’s an incredible experience indeed.

Even though I also got an opportunity to share the space with the likes of a Black Wildebeest, Gemsbok and an Ostrich, they weren’t that friendly.  It was still unbelievable viewing and hearing their loud animal noises added to the experience.

Wahnfried Movie House in McGregor

Apart from being a travel writer, I am a filmmaker and storyteller by nature. When I looked at the itinerary, my eyes immediately spotted the planned stopover at the McGregor Wahfried movie house and theatre.

Wahfried Movie House is equipped with this grand piano for pure entertainment             (Phumzile Ngcatshe)

McGregor, such a small town with big dreams. But it's always good to dream. The local movie house came about thanks to English men who bought the house with the intention of benefiting the community of this gentle town through arts and culture.  Its primary focal point is music and the house has a grand piano along with a high definition projector and surround sound system. McGregor might be known as the only town in South Africa with the street to nowhere, but its art galleries, studios and the local skill and craftsmanship will leave you inspired.

Hiking Trails

Robertson is fit for a fun and outdoor loving traveller. This town doesn’t only have dazzling wine routes and good food but awe-inspiring scenery.

Take the trail leading to the Dassiesjoek Nature Reserve for a different view of the Breede River. It provides peace of mind while getting up close and personal with the natural side of Robertson.

Enjoy spectacular views in the Bloupunt Hiking Trail                                                     (Shutterstock)

When going to the neighbouring Montagu, you will be blessed with a chance to hike at Bloupunt Hiking Trail which is 15,6 kilometres long and will take you about 9 hours to complete.

If you're a hiker in search of dynamic panoramic views and magical rock formations, then this is the one for you.

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